A variety of pills spilling out of a bottle.
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June 03, 2017

Opioid Epidemic Hits Illinois Hardest In The Southern Region

A newspaper investigation shows that Illinois' 16 southernmost counties are hardest hit by the state's opioid epidemic.

Illinois Department of Public Health data show opioids contributed to nearly 1,200 overdose deaths in the state in 2016. Studies show the opioids' dangers stem from the length and strength of prescriptions.

'Morning Shift' host Tony Sarabia discusses a listener question with Gov. Bruce Rauner during 'Ask the Governor' on Feb. 10, 2017.
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June 03, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner On Budget Impasse, Minimum Wage, And More

Staring down a litany of economic problems and a June 30 deadline to ensure schools will open in the fall, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner continued to blame Democratic legislative leaders Friday for the lack of a state budget deal, as the top Senate Democrat predicted the governor will be “toast” if he doesn’t do his part to end the stalemate.

Demonstrators outside the Champaign office of U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville).
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June 02, 2017

Protesters Return for Rodney Davis’ Office Hours In Champaign

About 75 protesters showed up at Congressman Rodney Davis’ Champaign office Friday afternoon for his “office hour” meetings with constituents. The turnout was smaller than the Taylorville Republican’s round of closed-door meetings with individuals and small groups three weeks ago. But the demonstrators made enough noise, chanting “Town Hall!” “Bring Rodney Out!” and other slogans, that the congressman’s office neighbors complained.

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